New FutuRes Policy Insight: resilient fertility during COVID-19 and The Great Recession

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In a new investigation carried out by the FutuRes team at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics, it appears that fertility dynamics can be somewhat resilient against crises. Fertility patterns through the last two major economic crises in Europe clearly suggest this. 

The researchers analysed fertility trends around the Great Recession of the 2000s and the COVID-19 pandemic. How were birth rates affected during these periods? Did they decrease – and If so, did they recover after the crises had passed? The researchers then analysed these trends in relation to different types of state welfare policies and reviewed latest research literature on the issue. 

In this FutuRes Policy Insight, Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak and Anna Maliszewska argue that policy designed to support people's fertility decisions needs to work on three levels.

Click below to read the Policy Insight.